Chennai: The day is not far away when quicker detection, effective treatment and cheaper drugs are available at home. The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) – Madras, in collaboration with Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India, has set up within its campus India’s first ever bio-bank dedicated entirely to cancer research.
The project mainly focuses on collecting cancer tissues from voluntary individuals; doctors and institutions treating other cancer patients. This will help build a database on the incidence of cancer, the different kinds present today, diagnostics and treatment.
Prof S Mahalingam, Department of Biotechnology, IIT (M) said, “This is aimed at discovering ‘personalised treatment’ with less side effects, early detection and prevention of cancer.” In addition, he also said that they would take measures for appropriate collection, transportation and storing of such tissue in the centralised tissue bank. Facilities such as cell sorting, super-resolution imaging system would be made available, along with allowing access to other approved research institutions.
The DST and IIT (M) together have earmarked 31.71 crores for this purpose. They have allocated 10,000 sq feet space for the bio bank along with storage and security facilities.
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“I am a victim of a political game,” said Kamal Haasan at a press conference in Chennai. Distraught by the stay in the release of his magnum opus Vishwaroopam, Kamal hinted at finding another ‘secular’ country to live in. “Like the way MF Hussain did,” he said.
Produced at a budget of Rs 90 crores, Kamal has claimed of pledging all his property on this film. Vishwaroopam was banned in Tamil Nadu after Muslim groups protested over the alleged depiction of their community in a negative light.
Watch an emotional Kamal Haasan talk about his movie, at this link.